Though I love the mountains, I could never live there full-time. I did just tell Mr. P your heat setting and he started fervently shaking his head. People think we’re a bit strange to keep a $200 grocery budget. Our overall utility bills have dropped significantly over last year. Secondly, I give you serious congrats on being able to acclimate to your thermostat being that low. The beauty of it, though, is that I legitimately love what I do so, even if I end up working a little longer, it won’t be the end of the world. Personal preference I guess but I am happy at 52. So glad you guys got to UT! salads), animals and pets, poor hygiene, and through children. "Your bedroom is the most important room in the house in which to keep a humidifier going," says Kelleher. Sometimes, I think people get really bent of our shape about things like this because it makes them realize how much they could actually cut out if they chose to. Same goes for fleece sheets and a flannel duvet cover, and the occasional use of an electric mattress pad heater. I do use a programmable thermostat to drop it down considerably during the day when we’re not there and only turn it up from around 5-10pm during the week and the daytime on the weekends. $3 for 3 months. We would say it’s best if you work up to the temp you’re aiming for (or work down to it, as the case may be). maybe. I once lived in a house in KY that was so poorly insulated that even with most all of the rooms closed off, it cost $400/month to keep the place at 60F. I remember waking up some mornings with my night time water half frozen and frost on the inside of my sigle pane windows. Keeping your home on the cooler side, deters these unwelcome guests. My SO refused to do another 60 degree winter, so now we’re at 65. And haha, yeah, I’m the same way with lights. I do not like the cold. We’re going well into the midnight hours. When you need to go buy more organic grocery items, it’s a health/environment issue, so you shell out. There could be some funny ones coming up, now that I know about that! Where can we save a lot without really sacrificing? But I’m glad to hear that you’re wearing more layers now, if for no better reason than not to waste energy. This works well for me because each room can be closed off from the rest so I don’t heat the other 4 bedrooms and several other rooms unless the temperature inside falls below 38. We generally keep our house at 19C but from 9:30 PM to 9 AM the thermostat is kept at 16C. We live in northern Florida. Much like putting an ice pack on an injury, cooler temps in your home can reduce inflammation. Have you looked into maybe better insulate the house? We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Since the cooler temperature effects your whole body, it can help reduce overall inflammation. Plus my heat pump last much longer. :-) (But, like no, for real. I’m exploring keeping my apt at 55º-60ºF. Yes, I have problems – let the replies roll! We always sleep with our temp between 60-64 but he pumps it up when we get up to 72 or 73. I wear my wool socks and fleece bathrobe even in my 70 degree house! Definitely encourage others to read his stuff! Top of the list after retirement is to attack that problem and load up on better insulation! Now, I’m usually cold at home, but I’m rarely cold elsewhere. If we’re feeling cold, we should say, “Let’s turn the thermostat up.” But we rarely do. She’s only taxing her system and (especially at her age) that kind of strain ain’t healthy. :-). Nope. I can comfortably wear my daily clothes and at night, am plenty comfortable sleeping in a t-shirt and underwear plus a ceiling fan on low. are. First off, I have to ask…where are you guys to get skies looking like that?!?!? What’s a good temperature to keep your bedroom at? I only go if I’m really, really dying to see a film when it first comes out. You only have to earn $33,000 annually in the U.S. to be in the top 1% globally. The reasons your house is cold even with the heat on could be because of poor insulation, your furnace doesn't work properly, rooms with high ceilings, or your heating system doesn't cover the whole house. I LOVE Ken Ilgunas. I think we are all aware that using the heater less means more money saved and I’ve shared how to keep warm without cranking up that thermostat but there are actually a few other reasons to keep your home thermostat set just a bit lower this season! :-) But we’re amply equipped with fleece everything, which makes a world of difference. We never consider forgoing things we need, we only occasionally forgo things we want and our fill-the-bucket list is very full. Copyright 2015 – 2020 Tanja Hester / Our Next Life. Yes! I was always amazed (and HOT) when I went to friends’ houses and their heat was up at 70 degrees and everyone was wearing short sleeves. Now I feel so “un-frugal.” But so cozy and warm. That caused us to be very intentional on what we did spend our money on, especially because we never went into debt expect for the house mortgage. Hope you have a great week as well! Even though turning it up for a day would only cost a few extra dollars. All photos are original and copyrighted by Our Next Life unless clearly noted. We can say from experience that there are a LOT of reasons why people on a six-figure salary spend all their money, not all having to do (or even mostly having to do) with caring about how others see them (us). I gotta admit that I was floored when I heard how much it costs to keep your place at 56 in the winter time. I also advocate here to not overheat the house and put on an extra layer of cloths. Don’t get me wrong, we still clean between maid visits, but it’s nice knowing we don’t have to use our down-time to do lots of deep cleaning. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Keeping the temperature in the high 60s results in a … Even if it’s like us and just bi-weekly, it’s WAY worth it to us to not have to do as much cleaning. I have maybe the same with light… Or so i think based on some remarks from the wife. I see no need to shed clothes when I come inside my static caravan; the inside temperature rarely rises above 10 degrees Celsius (I have a thermometer: outside it’s around 1.5 degrees C. I feel toasty: if I get too warm I can unzip, layer by layer down to my thermal vests. ;-). We’d love to hear it all! :-). I wonder what the neighbors would think, if they saw us bundled up and huddled under blankets, like paupers, while watching Netflix on our decidedly unfrugal home theater? We’ve been fortunate enough, though, that our utility bill only runs between $150-250. I have just introduced this way of living to my family and had just started to live in colder temps. II keep my temp completely off at night all throughout the house. Haha! Every once in a while, I turn off the light on someone who is in the room. I like the idea of moving the dial (temperature, budget, running distance etc ) up or down by 10% and seeing what it feels like, and whether you can ‘handle’ it (or even like it), and if you do, then try another 10% and then you eventually get to your ‘optimal’ equilibrium, which is unique for everyone. I’m not an overly large person, so I get cold pretty easily. But yeah, we fully recognize that 56 is borderline crazy. I’m doing it tonight, though, because this was the second recommendation. Lift your right foot and rest it on the inside of your left leg, under your knee. Interestingly, some studies say that you want that classic temp of 68 degrees but this study done in the 70’s shows that kids did better when in temps around 62 degrees. Traveling on the agency’s dime with next-to-zero expenses should allow for an insane savings rate if we play our cards right. Did you know that bugs prefer warmer temps to breed and live? I also can’t fathom this. How fascinating to know that bugs will stay away if cold temperatures are maintained. A cord costs $250, and we bought a splitter from Harbor Freight (my nominee for best frugal purchase of 2015) that beautifully splits the wood into wood stove ready sized logs quickly and effortlessly. Much better to air things out then keep warm yucky air in! Ah, a fire. 80 degrees indoors is way too warn. Though it was still cold down there as Dad would let the fire in the wood burning furnace die down through the night. Another thing to note about weather strips and caulk … In the long run, the cold atmosphere could damage her health more than her asthma. Thanks for the informative article. Think we’re ridiculous for keeping our house so cold when we don’t scrimp in more frivolous areas? Have you given up anything crazy, like reasonable indoor heating, in the interest of frugality? I just hope my sister enjoys sleeping in the cold as I do. Good article, Brittany! BTW if you haven’t already tried this, electric blankets are wonderful energy savers. :) I think this is why smaller living spaces appeal to me- it’s less expensive to control the indoor climate. I live in an area with cool climate and it’s winter now and for years I haven’t turned on the heat even once. We’re in this with an open mind and, while working longer wouldn’t be the end of the world by any means, retiring earlier would always be a welcome problem to have! Drop your thermostat just 3 degrees and you can knock off about 10% off your bill! One of the many things I enjoy about condo/apartment living is that I’ve often been able to make it through the mild Pacific Northwest winters without turning on the heat much at all. Haha. Of course, what temperature you set your thermostat at will vary depending on your household and their needs. The one indulgence I permit myself is to have the heat lamp on in the bathroom; that’s one room where I can’t stand being cold. It’s a good point about comfort temps and age — we’re in our 30s, and I would be shocked if we’re still living with 56 degrees in, say, our 60s or 70s. :-) And 60 degrees is still pretty great. Not that our sky is that blue every day, but that is what you get in the cold, dry mountain air, way up high. Similar to your driveway plowing expenditure is worth it to you guys from a time perspective, it’s same with the maids for us. We don’t use heat at all, we have our thermostat turned completely off. I think more so it gets me out quicker than when I used to take long warm showers. Ha — I would definitely make fun of you once if you were my coworker, but then I’d leave you alone to your quirky space heater ways. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Thinking About Frugality More Broadly // A Call to Action, we’re quickly prepaying our mortgage despite the math. 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